>Wow... a lot has changed in 19 years! Bikes are no longer limited to 7
>speeds. We have Alum, Titanium and Plastic (Cabon/Boron/etc...) bikes
>now, too. Even the prices have changed... 19 years ago $1500 bought a
>top of the line bike. Today $1500 gets you into an Entry level Road
>bike. The top of the line, Off-the-Shelf bike is $5000-7000 and the
>customs start $10K+. Whew...
1500 bucks gets you a Trek with 105 components which is, istm, an entry
level racing bike, which is a much better ride than you could get for 1500
bucks, or any amount 19 years ago, afaik.
>Guess what! Don't get confused. A nice steel frame bike , ie. Kelly,
>($1200 new) will ride as good or better than a nice aluminum frame, ie.
>Felt, ($2500 new) and it will ride better than most plastic frames you
>can buy from all the major Mfgr's ($4000 new). To match or better the
>steel frame's ride in plastic expect to spend $6000+.
A top of the line Kelly frame is about 1400:
Looks like a nice bike, though! Nice post.
>Its your personal preference which material your bike frame is made.
>Remember all bike frames are stuck in a 2lb. box rule with all the same
>geometry, so you are buying just preference in what you like. Ride and
>Buy which you like smooth steel or road-feel Alum or _high_ performance
>plastic bike. They will all be around 2 libs and ride very differently.